The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, on tree planting in order to tackle the problem of forest degradation in the country.
IITA is a non-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty and natural resource degradation.
The NCF President, Izoma Asiodu, at a tree-planting event in Ibadan spoke against tree-felling without replacement.
Asiodu said that NCF had adopted an immediate priority to help the Nigerian government on green recovery initiative by planting more indigenous trees, adding that they enrich the soil, unlike most imported trees.
The Deputy Director of IITA, Mrs. Hilde Koper-Limbourg, said she was delighted that NCF had interest in preservation of the environment and wildlife in Nigeria.
According to her, IITA recognises the importance of forests and appreciates the support offered by NCF and other partners.